For the third straight year, Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer, track GM Gabrielle Stevenson, and the entire staff at the Texas Motorplex pulled out all the stops to make this show something special. To fire up everyone’s patriotism, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall was on display.
“The wall honors all U.S. servicemen and women in all branches of service and we are proud to be able to host the wall this week. It’s truly an honor for all of North Texas,” Meyer said. The Cost of Freedom Tribute includes statistics from each major U.S. conflict and 9/11 attacks, a 380-foot-long and eight-foot-high Vietnam Memorial with 51,000 inscribed names, a gold dog tag display, a tribute to law enforcement and firefighters as well as historical documents, for visitors to reflect on.
Adding to the veterans’ tributes was an opening day cruise from an old-school courthouse in nearby Waxahachie to the Motorplex. Everyone gathered around 8 a.m. for free coffee and a saugage biscuit breakfast before loading up and hitting the road to the show. Once on the show grounds, everyone parked their Chevys in their respective areas and did a quick clean up. The drag racing action started just a few minutes later, filling the air with the sweet smell of burnt rubber and race fuel. There were all levels of Bow Ties on the track, from 15-second bracket cars to electronics cars running mid 8s. And if that wasn’t enough, Elaine Larsen and her jet car team made a bunch of exhibition passes throughout the day.
Even though we could sit and watch the 1320 all day, there was still more to see, like the show cars and we are here to tell you the gearheads in Texas don’t mess around. There was a huge selection of high quality builds that really impressed. Chevy Performance blew us away with its Chevrolet First Responder Silverado. In partnership with renowned airbrush artist Mickey Harris, the Silverado features airbrushed murals, depicting different scenes of the fateful attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, along with a small piece of glass recovered from the Twin Towers site.
For the young ones there was the Revell Make-N-Take, which gives each budding gearhead a Revell model (Chevrolet of course) and a place to assemble it.
Quick GM – No Electronics
Winner: Jimmy Falkenbach, Ennis, TX, ’89 S-10
Runner Up: John Long Sr., Cleburne, TX, ’66 GMC
Fast GM – Electronics
Winner: Paul Peyton, Waxahachie, TX, ’97 Peyton
Runner Up: Dwight Kaup Parkum, TX, ’66 Chevy II
Fifth-Gen Camaro Shootout
Winner:James Stacy, Justin, TX, ’11 Camaro
Runner Up: Matt Gibson, Fort Worth, TX, ’11 Camaro
Winner: Shawn Farris, Red Oak, TX, ’70 Nova
Runner Up: Jake Sehon Robinson, TX, ’70 Chevelle
Winner: Fred Burt Shreveport, LA, ’75 Vega
Winner: Colt Shefta, Waco, TX, ’97 Camaro
Runner Up: James Stacy, Justin, TX, ’11 Chevy
Winner:John Long Jr., Cleburne, TX, ’01 Camaro
True Street Challenge
Winner:Jason Glover, Bryan, TX, ’57 Chevy
Editor’s Choice Drag Car Awards
John Long Sr., Cleburn, TX, ’91 S10
Michael Anderson, Palestine, TX, ’95 Camaro
Jeff Kmosko, Fort Worth, TX, ’02 Camaro
Shawn Farris, Red Oak, TX, ’70 Nova
Gerald Jordan, Long View, TX, ’67 Camaro
Ron Graham, Ovilla, TX, ’67 Nova
James LaFitte, Palestine, TX, ’66 Nova
Gary Gereau, Houston, TX, ’67 Camaro
Matt Gibson, Fort Worth, TX, ’11 Camaro
James Stacy, Justin, TX, ’11 Camaro
Editor’s Choice Car Show Awards
Steve Harless, Arlington, TX, ’64 Impala
Mark Harvison, Burlson, TX, ’71 Chevelle
Chris Scott, Fort Worth, TX, ’76 Nova
Jody Parker, Wills Point, TX, ’67 Camaro
Ed Bedore, Bixby, OK, ’65 Nova
Jim Leinhart, Sherman, TX, ’55 Bel Air
Mike Price, Frisco, TX, ’69 Chevelle
Steve Richey, Royce City, TX, ’68 C-10 Pick Up
Jeff Cameron, Magnolia, TX, ’61 Bel Air
Marcus Smith, N. Richland Hills, TX, ’69 Camaro
Here are the Ennis, Texas, winners from the AMSOIL Best Of The Best competition, presented by Danchuk and Classic Muscle.
The AMSOIL Best of the Best voting begins the Monday after each Super Chevy Show and lasts through the following Sunday at midnight. Keep your browser aimed at bestofthebest.superchevy.com to vote for next batch of classic Bow Ties.